Make Vista Show All Icons in the Notification Area

By default, Vista hides icons in the Notification Area at the lower right of the screen when you haven't used them for a while. You can reveal them by clicking on the tiny arrow at the left of the Notification Area. If you'd like to have them all showing all the time, here's how:

  1. Richt-Click in any open area of the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select the Notification Area tab if it's not already showing.
  3. Uncheck Hide inactive icons.
  4. While your there, see if you'd like to change any other options.
  5. Click on OK.

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